Human-kind first appeared 200,000 years ago in Ethiopia’s Afar beautiful, snow-capped Rwenzori (“rainmaker”) Mountains between Uganda and the Republic of Congo–called the Mountain of the Moon and now known as the Cradle of Humankind. From their beginnings, African humanity depended upon the well-being of the group within the setting of the individual and the community being defined in terms of each other. Eventually, coming from various places located in the interior heart of Africa, and particularly around the Great Lakes region–the sources of Africa’s Nile River–were Black People called Nubians (Kush, Habeshestan). They brought with them the philosophy of the cooperation and collective efforts of the people–a philosophy nurturing human interdependence within all aspects of the Universal Spiritual Essence. The Nubians made up the original core of the Egyptians. Overtime–by Africans realizing their physical, mental, spiritual, and divine nature—their Humanity expanded to embrace a Spiritual/Humane People-Centeredness. This meant each completed the others and thus none could be separated from any other human. This made/makes it almost impossible for a true Afrocentric person to think of him/herself as an “I” or individual–and that is why most Afrocentric people say “we” when speaking of something personal. The resultant human interdependence and the placing of a premium on collective responsibility and the well-being of all concerned laid the foundation for the early African Philosophy of Life (POL). This POL’s earliest tangible beginnings came from Very Ancient Africans inferring, from astro-mathematics, that a human’s Soul consists of the “Spark or Image of God.” They symbolized this with the “Ankh” to refer to a human’s inner Spiritual Illumination, thought to convey the spirit of God or “life force”. This kind of “individualized fragment of the Supreme Being” forms the Highest or Divine Self in every human. The awareness of the image of God representing each human’s “Soul” + African People’s interdependence constituted their realization of the Unity of Life—i.e. having a Spiritual connection to God and to each other, no matter how remote in time or space. This meant one not feeling as part of something that may be destroyed or that one is a tiny personal something, separate from and opposed to all the rest of the Cosmos. Instead, African Sages stressed for each individual to “Know Thyself”—i.e. to be sufficiently aware of ones essence to say: “I am the likeness of God.”
As a result, one is Certain of being a Unit of the Cosmic Mind’s (i.e. God’s) Expression derived from the Center of Cosmic Consciousness. This gives one the Power, Strength, and Wisdom of the Cosmic Center of Wholism—a Center serving as an ever present “back-up,” upon which one draws on to unfold and to get invisible “Helping Hands” during trials and tribulations. To the end of formulating a Spiritual/Humane People-Centeredness among Africans is symbolized by the Bantu word, Ubuntu: “I am because we are.” This contains an association of concepts that have been fashioned into what is now a classical African Tradition practice of having good relationships with and good behaviors towards each other. Literally and symbolically, African women were viewed as the creators of life–human and plant. Early Africans honored women’s abilities to bring forth new life from the primeval waters (i.e. the amniotic fluid) as well as the new life of their blood. Central to the community has always been the female and children. Such is exhibited by an African being open and available to others; affirming of others; and not feeling threatened by others being able and good. The reason is he or she has a proper self-assurance coming from knowing he or she belongs in a greater whole (Bailey, Mentoring Minds of Black Boys p29). One expression of this was that, as a lineage, each African defined her/himself as a member and thus owing everything to his/her Ancestors.
Each African had Selfhood Greatness from: (1) being a permanent Cosmic Organism resident, from which one cannot be thrust out; (2) each human’s Soul possessing a “Spark of God”; (3) being Spiritually related to each other; and (4) having a unique Talent to contribute to the Community. They focused on what is “Right” as part of “How shall I live?”—i.e. by always striving for self–improvement by replacing ignorance with practical wisdom derived from the application of the principles of Ma’at (the Spiritual Elements in action).